Shopping around Esplanade
Kolkata central shopping region, in and around Esplanade, is crowded at this time of the year. Just before the festival, people are focussed on last minute shopping. My sister had not bought anything for the festival season was waiting for me to get home. Coincidentally, one of my batchmates during Ph.D., Bhanuman a.k.a. Bhanu, was around and wanted to buy some clothes for his siblings, too.
I bought a Polo T-Shirt, my sister bought a pair of jeans and Bhanu bought a few traditional dresses for his sisters and a pair of baba suits (shirt and shorts combo for toddlers and infants) for his nephews.
By the time we were done with our shopping, it was already 2.30 PM. We were hungry.
The Tibetan place that has gathered a cult following
I was introduced to this place by the Maestro, Ugyal Lama, himself. This cult place, with its good food and low prices is frequented by college kids and hip couples. Even today, we had to wait over 45 minutes to get a table. (There are only four tables and there isn’t any space to increase that number.)
The place is hidden in an alleyway. It is near impossible to find it by oneself. Bhanu even saved the place on Google maps. Maybe he wanted to get his girlfriend next time. Here are the co-ordinates – 22°32’19.7″N, 88°20’50.2″E  (The Google Maps location isn’t that accurate. Neither is TripAdvisor.)
We had the following –
- Chicken and Pork momos
- Pan fried Chicken Lollipops
- Mixed Fried Rice
- Mixed Hakka Noodles
- Chicken in Oyster Sauce
- Chili Fried Pork
Bhanu’s appetite has decreased from the time he was in college. Even he admitted to that fact. We ended up wasting a quarter of the noodles. Still, it wasn’t that much of a waste. He also doesn’t eat pork (and I had completely forgotten about that).
Objectively speaking, the food is not the best Tibetan food I have tasted. The place is not the cleanest place in the world, either. Yet, there is something about this place that I like. My sister also likes the food here. It has almost become a ritual for us to pay a visit here every time I am in Kolkata.